After the Piggie Awards, we’ve seen a lot of comment on the top bloggers who won awards. A fair number of people are saying they’re impressed, they want to write like them – and some people have said that they find top bloggers like Gazimoff, Rades, Apple Cider or Melmoth intimidating, or feel that they can’t live up to them.
Well, the winner of this year’s Most Memorable Blog Post, Cynwise, has written a fantastic article in response to those concerns, talking about blogging, his own start in blogging and how he looked up to the great bloggers himself, and how he very nearly didn’t post his winning piece at all
“Let me tell you a little bit about the post that won, On The Forsaken. I wrote it in a frenzy, over two nights after thinking about it for a week. I wrote it only after thinking about those quests and staring up at that statue in Brill for like 15 minutes. Seriously. Clink, clink, clink, things falling into place, I must write now.
It was also the first post on CFN that I looked at and said, I cannot publish this.
It is too much. It is too controversial.”
I heartily recommend this post to anyone who is blogging, about WoW or otherwise – or anyone working in another creative medium, for that matter. Everything from Cynwise’s tales of attempting to emulate the greats to the story of how On The Forsaken eventually was published is great, important stuff.
I must admit, this post struck some personal chords for me. I still feel that I’m looking up to the greats in my chosen profession. For those who don’t know, when I’m not running the Pot, I’m a professional filmmaker. And whilst I’ve had some success, that’s an intimidating field to work in. I look at the work of people like Brad Bird, Aaron Sorkin, Joss Whedon, Peter Jackson, and so on, and sometimes I wonder what the hell I’m doing.
And then, in the words of Cynwise, I say
How do you get over being intimidated by your heroes?